tv Campaign 2020 Joe Biden Remarks on Economic Recovery in Delaware CSPAN July 21, 2020 2:03pm-2:34pm EDT
good afternoon, everybody. i want to thank the colonial early education program here in calyx and for hosting us tonight. you know, i just met sara johnson who i thought i saw sara somewhere in here but she has a three year old son know who is a student here. she said this program that's wonders helping noaa learn his letters and numbers and socialize with other kids and understand his emotions and develop his personality. i bet he is a bright, cute young man. but like so many parents, she is worried. he is worried about her job as a dental assistant and vouching changes, and what she has to do to make things work. she's nosing changes in noaa's behavior since he hasn't been in school since march. as a matter of fact, he said to the principal, where is my
teacher, can i stay here in play, we are in his classroom and she has had to learn to lean on parents, which many, many people have to do, to help her get through it and is really tough. parents like sara and places like the center and the caregivers and educators who work here also give me a great deal of hope. you know, reinforcing my absence determination, i've been pushing for over two years to triple the amount of money for title i schools in those districts like this one where every child in a title one district is able to have the benefits of an education at three and four years of age. that is why i could not think of a better place to talk about the third plank of my build back better plan for the economy this is about easing the squeeze on working families
who are raising their kids and caring for aging loved ones at the same time, sometimes, separately but many, times together. it is about creating jobs with better pay and career pathways for caregivers and showing them that dignity and respect they deserve, but i know it's hard. i know it's hard to think of a future when you're just trying to get through the crisis at hand. i know that the case of childcare facilities across the nation is dire. people are looking for help desperately, and they have had to close their doors and lay off staff and they're not getting the protective equipment they need to open and the virus hotspots, where they exist, and they exist all over the nation, they cannot reopen at all and we are in a childcare emergency and did not have to be this way, that's what we're calling on the president to get the resources that are needed and get them now. enough.
each day, the pandemic death toll grows. each day, in some states, more people test positive than the day before, and each day, too many american workers are still out of work and losing hope. it's been reported by the president's staff that the president is, quote, not really working on this anymore. he doesn't want to be distracted by it. doesn't want to be distracted by it. his own staff admits that donald trump fails the most important test of being an american president, the duty to care for you and for all of us. you know, it's also being reported that he'll block any funding for more testing and tracing in the next covid relief bill which is being discussed right now on the floor of the united states congress just estates report record cases of hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise.
, this man simply doesn't understand, he can't deal with an economic crisis without solving the public health crisis. for all his bluster about his expectation of the economy, he's not able to explain how it will actually help working families hit the hardest. you know, he is quit on you. he has quit on this country. but this election is not just about him. it is about us. it is about you. it is about what will do, what a president is supposed to do. a president is supposed to care, to lead, to take responsibility, to never give up. that is what presidents are supposed to do. over the last two weeks, i have shared my agenda for economic recovery. i call it build back better. because we can't just build back to the way things were before, we have to do it better,
and the first plank in my build back better plan rejects the defeatist view that automation and globalization mean we can -- we can't assure american workers lead to a future made in america, made in america. the second plank helps us compete in the rest of the world and tackle climate change, put millions of americans to work in good, union jobs, modernize their infrastructure while building a clean energy future, increasing jobs. today, i'm outlining the third plank in my build back better program. mobilizing for 24 century care and early childhood education work for forced to deal with a caregiving crisis and it is a crisis in this country. if we truly want to reward work in this country, we have to ease the financial burden of care that families are
carrying. we have to elevate the compensation of those providing the care, the benefits and dignity of caregiving workers and early childhood educators. even before the pandemic, millions of working families are faced with an enormous financial and personal strain, trying to raise their kids and care for their parents and loved ones who are living with disabilities. this is the so-called sandwich generation. and includes everyone from an 18 year old daughter carrying for a mom who suddenly get sick, through a 40-year-old dad raising his child and caring for his own aging parents. the joy and lover always there, but it's hard. i know it's hard. it's really, really hard. families are squeezed emotionally and financially. they need help and too often they can't afford it and the
professional caregivers out there, the home health care workers, childcare workers are more often, women, women of color, and immigrants, often on cnn undervalued. the pandemic hits and squeezes and titans on everybody. nursing homes have been hit hard. if you are a frontline worker, you struggle to find safe childcare for your kids. others if you have become unexpected 24/7 caregivers, trying to keep your children safe and learning while you continue to work remotely from home. if you had to put your career on hold indefinitely or senior hours qatar your job, lost the confusion, the confusion over school reopening only makes things worse. you, know in the last few months has only underscored how vital it is for families and
older americans to have more home care and community care choices that fit they are real needs. you know, we are trapped in a caregiving crisis within a night economic crisis within a health care crisis. you're doing everything you can but this president does not. if i'm your president, here's what i would do. first, let's start by caring for aging relatives and loved ones with disabilities, helping them live independently. here's an example. right now there are 800,000 people who are eligible for home in community care through medicaid, we've already signed up for it, but they're waiting for a phone call, a phone call back. for some, the wait is five years, five years. my plan makes a bold investment, so states can clear the waiting list to make sure we ease the financial burden for more
families going forward. we have to make a long term federal investment. we will have a major innovation fund to allow states to test and expand successful ways to improve home and community care and increase prevention and reduce the cost of hospitalization. think of expanded vital services like rise to appointments, meals, day programs for seniors, making their home safer for them. it builds on an innovative and creative provision under the affordable care act. very program the president sees lovely is trying to get, for example, there is a pilot program now in 27 cities and 16 states where a nurse, an occupational therapist, and a handyman come to the home that is caring for an aging family member. they might not be able to cure moms alzheimer's but they can
make sure she doesn't break her hip. so, they walk through the house. this is what's going on now, and they install handrails in the right spots in the house, in the bathroom, or they fix the door that is stuck so she doesn't trip what he tries to open it. they initially found an about 3000 dollars in program costs yields more than 20,000 dollars and savings to the government, in hospitalizations and other reasons. simple steps save lives, save money, and provide critical peace of mind. here's another example. whether you live in rural north carolina are central philadelphia, people of color, our economically distressed communities case punishing health disparities from a system of systemic discrimination. they don't have health insurance. hey don't see a doctor. sometimes language is a barrier
and they slip through the cracks, slip through the gaps so that there are treatable condition, -- so that the treatable condition, because i cannot afford to go to the doctor, becomes a chronic condition. that is why community health workers are real heroes. they go to these communities, they make sure folks are getting the care they need. my plan puts to work 150,000 more of these workers in our communities throughout the country. these are the things we can do now. secondly, we can also make high quality childcare affordable and accessible. my child care plan is straightforward. every three and four year old child will get access to free, high quality preschool, like students have here, and low and middle income families will spend more than 7% of your income on child care for children under the age of five.
the most hard-pressed working families would have to spend a dime. here is how it works. they're gonna decide to get up to an 8000 dollar tax credit for childcare. for middle class family with a couple of young kids spending 300 dollars a week on child care that means and annual savings of 8000 dollars in their pocket, because it's a tax credit. it means everything for working families living paycheck to paycheck. or the federal government, which sends funding to states, which then work with child care providers to cover the cost for working families with young children over 7% of their income would not have to be spent. so, say both parents are working and need childcare. you go to childcare .gov, which is created under the obama biden administration to help find childcare that works for you under my plan, it takes you
to your state website, local childcare sanders pop-up, or you can call or fill in your information. you apply to which when you want to go to. the statement sends you a letter saying your proved and lays out the amount you're going to pay. the state sends that information to the child care provider and then the state reinforces the child care center on the back end. you just pay what you are supposed to pay, not a dime for some working families and more than 7% for anyone else. you can do that. this would say families thousands of dollars, more importantly, give them peace of mind. there's other common sense steps we can take like expanding tax credits for businesses to build childcare facilities on site, so you can go to work with your child, put
them into childcare center that the company got money for him tax credit for building, supporting more and more and giving peace of mind to the family, and when you are finished work, take that child home. supporting aftercare, we kind of summer care programs for families. third, we expand access to caregiving. we need to pay and support caregivers beyond what they are now. they are doing gods work, home health workers are paid much. they have few benefits. 40% are still on snap or medicaid so, my plan is direct. it gives caregivers an early childhood educators much-needed breaks. no one should have to work more than one job to make ends meet. under my health care plan they defends and expands obamacare, there will be more affordable health insurance.
i will make sure these workers have an effective way to unionize and collectively bargained their protective rights and earn benefits. this plan will help workers, especially those without a college degree, up and gain new skills and -- in good paid industries like health care and provides new pathways to advance their careers. for example, home health care worker can have access to training needed to become an empty or nurse, or physicians assistant or even a doctor. or the early childhood educator can receive coaching keep delivering a high quality learning experience. we can do that at the bottom line is that mobilize caregiving early education workforce could say families time and money, get their loved ones the care and early childhood education they need and put more people to work, allowing husbands and wives to
go back to work, and provide many people the opportunity to get a job that is a decent job caring to keep seniors in their homes, as triple win, if they choose that. we recognize the realities facing modern families, and provide some much needed economic support in the middle of a pandemic. just imagine. we can put 3 million americans to work in early childhood education and provide -- the life of my proposal to provide families with up to 12 weeks of paid family medical leave we could free up millions more people to join the pay labor force, increasing economic growth. meaning at least 2 million additional jobs, more economic growth for the nation. this is a fresh, bold way to build a critical part of the labor force and help us recover faster and stronger.
we usually talk about jobs packages. there is a big push on shovel ready jobs. i'm the guy who you may remember manage the recovery act of 800 plus billion dollars. i was focused on shovel ready jobs, but we can do immediately. but that is what care jobs are. they are shovel ready. the workers are ready now. these jobs can be filled now. millions of people, primarily women, to get back to work now increasing the growth of the gdp and family income. it is the right thing to do for our families and our most essential workers that is the smart thing to do for our economy. today, millions of people can't fully pursue the jobs and careers they dream of due to the caregiving squeeze. that means tens of billions of dollars less in wages each year
for our work and families. it means more disruption for our business, fewer jobs, growth, and our economy. this is both a moral and an economic imperative, and however we pay for it is by rolling back on protecting tax cuts, some of the two trillion dollar tax cut the president put through, closing loopholes, unproductive tax cuts for high income real estate investors while ensuring high income earners pay their tax bills. we invest that, and we add up to 775 billion dollars over ten years. we invest that in building our economy back better than it was before growing the economy stronger and tomorrow i will be doing a virtual town hall with home care workers, fast food, workers janitors, hearing
directly from them about why this matters so much to them because, you see, this is about something bigger. this is about dignity and respect for working people and that is precisely what this election is all about, dignity and respect. the american people know they're not being afforded dignity and respect or any other jobs. the american president has a duty to care for all of us, to see people where they are, to understand what they're going through and what they want to be. as many of you, know i was a single parent for five years after my wife and daughter were killed when it was hard it was hard. if i did not have my mom, my sister, my brother, i don't
know how i would've been able to afford it. then, six years later when you and i got married, i saw how difficult it was for her to start her teaching career while being a new mom with two kids in school. we cared, well, actually they wanted school yet now that i think about it. we cared for our parents at the end. my dad was month in hospice in our home, same with my mom, and our entire family was there for our son beau who came home from a year in iraq with a cancer there wasn't whether he would live, it was just how long he would live. we know what it is like. months upon months. we know so many of you are going through the same thing without the kind of help i had but now everything feels
different. there is just that feeling, that sense, where you just don't know if everything is going to turn out okay. but i am here to tell you that it can be and it will be. you know, my dad was an honorable, decent man, it was a great regret he never got to go to college. my dad, like many of your parents, got knocked down a few times and he always got back up. he worked hard to build a great middle class life for our families but he used to have a saying. we would say, joey, i don't expect the government to solve my problems, but i sure as hell expect them to understand my problems. i understand my very core, and
i also know that together we can do this. this is america. we don't settle, we aspire, and we succeeded so, let's get the hell, the heck up and get it done. let's get to work. i put a migraine pops house up in, screenwriter lost his job, and we live with my grandpa. every time we walked out she would say joe, and keep the faith and my grandmother as we know, joe, we spread it. let's go spread the faith. we can do this. there is not a single thing we cannot do. thank you for listening. i look forward to having your questions another time, but i'm off to another event. thank you, principal. thank you for having us here. appreciate it very, very much. thank you.
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